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Events, attractions & activities added (or details altered) in the week beginning 15th March 2021:

West Side Story

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HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now. A record-breaking masterpiece that has “transformed theatre and the way we think about history.” – The New York Times

Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, HAMILTON has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre – a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics and education.

With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography.

Hailed by critics as “A reinvention of the musical” – Chicago Tribune and “A singular work of brilliance.” ” – Rolling Stone, HAMILTON has gone from theatrical rebel to cultural phenomenon.

Prices and bookings at the Hamilton website

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Lonsdale Street Greek Festival

The Lonsdale St Greek Festival has run for over 30 years. Melbourne’s biggest Greek street party brings a weekend of Greek culture, food and entertainment to the city’s historic Greek Precinct. Featuring 3 stages of free entertainment, children’s rides and activities, and over 60 food, drink and craft stalls, Melbourne’s largest celebration of Greek culture will take over Lonsdale Street. Details at Lonsdale Street Greek Festival >>

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Yarraville Festival

The Yarraville Festival has been operating since 1981 and has steadily grown into one of Melbourne's liveliest community festival and White Hat feels that the location helps add to the genuine village atmosphere. There is music across 7 stages from local professional and community performers, everyone will find something that they enjoy.. Kids of every age, from toddlers to teenagers, will hear music suitable for their age group, and a range of activities and rides are available for them. From jumping castles to carnival rides to bungee jumping, with many of the rides free.

The Yarraville Festival also features its annual market with plenty of stalls. Selling everything from vintage clothing, food and handmade gifts the market is a great opportunity for visitors to pick up a bargain.

Further details at Yarraville Festival

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Melbourne Italian Festa

Carlton Italian Festa

Melbourne Italian Festa - this event is free but beacuse of Covid restrictions in 2021 you are required to register online for a your free ticket.

Lygon Street has always been the focus for Melbourne’s Italian community. This Festa provides an opportunity to celebrate Melbourne’s rich Italian heritage.

There will be plenty of pizza, pasta, gelato and Italian cuisine as well as a main stage featuring Italian and Italian_Australian performers.

2021 performers:

  • Michelle Serret Cursio - One Australia’s foremost female vocalists
  • Siesta Cartel - A unifying musical movement led by a group of young Italians
  • Rebecca Gulinello - Italian opera singer
  • Mark Pellegrini DJ - Melbourne based DJ with over 30 years of experience
  • Sarah C. - Powerful and soulful voice
  • Stefano Marciano DJ - Italian DJ
  • Lorenzo Iannotti - Lorenzo is an Italian-Australian singer songwriter
  • Santa Taranta - A collective of talented musicians to reinvent Italian folk music
  • The Two Maria’s - Performed by James Liotta and Piero Viavattene

Details at Melbourne Italian Festa >>

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National Trust Vintage Clothing Sale

Prue Acton, Carla Zampatti, Giorgio Armani

The National Trust Vintage Clothing Sale is a regular event on the Melbourne fashion calendar featuring a large range of genuine vintage and designer garments and accessories.

A fine range of quality, pre-loved clothing, millinery, shoes, bags, linen, jewellery, haberdashery and collectablesfor just one weekend a year.

All proceeds support the National Trust in conserving and protecting Victoria’s natural, cultural and built heritage.

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The Phantom of the Opera - in the Sydney Opera Hosue

mask on red background

This new production of  new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary musical The Phantom of the Opera makes its Sydney Opera House debut. Presented by Opera Australia and the Really Useful Group in association with Cameron Mackintosh

Featuring numbers such as Music of the Night, Think of Me and All I Ask of You, Masquerade and the well-known title song. This spectacular new production that has stunned critics across the United Kingdom and North America. It features a brand new scenic design by Paul Brown, lighting design by Tony Award winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler and the original, Tony Award-winning costume design by Maria Björnson.

The Phantom of the Opera haunts the catacombs beneath the Paris Opera House. He’s man and mystery, a deformed genius. And in Christine Daae, he’s found his angel of music: the young woman he would make a star. But how many lives will he sacrifice to make the music of the night?

Prices and bookings at the Sydney Opera House website

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Cairns Men's Shed Garage / Car Boot Sale

Bargains for all at the huge Garage / Car Boot Sale. Doors open at 7.30 AM. 38 Stall holders, sausage sizzle, money wheel, toys, books, lots of tools, kitchen ware, plants, seedlings and even a wheel chair. Plenty of parking next door at Roos. Music by the "Bad Boys OF UKE" who are returning by popular demand.

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Chinatown Night Market

On Friday and Satuday evenings Heffernan Lane in Chinatown is given over to a bustling night market with a variety of Asian food stalls. This is just the place for an after-work snack before heading off to a serious Friday night of partying. More details at Chinatown Night Market >>

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Beaumaris North Community Market

The Beaumaris North Community Market, offers goods in the following categories:

  • Produce (fruit & vegetables),
  • Deli (cured meats and cheeses, olives, eggs, etc)
  • Meat (fresh, local raised)
  • Seafood (fresh, local catch)
  • Bakery (bread, cakes, snacks, etc),
  • Take-away Food (hot food & beverages),
  • Alcohol (craft spirits, Craft beers, Victorian Wines),
  • Garden (potted plants, cut flowers & supplies),
  • Crafts (handmade goods and restored period pieces),
  • New Goods (Australian made, no second hand goods)

A small entry charge applies. BYO bags. Smoke-free. Dog friendly. Full details at Beaumaris North Community Market >>

(Please note: the Beaumaris Farmers Market which previously operated in this area has now been replaced by this current market - the Beaumaris North Community Market.)

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